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Miami — the Magic City

The Miami metropolitan area anchors a region commonly referred to by local inhabitants as South Florida; it is the metropolitan area comprising Miami, Florida, and nearby communities.

Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2012, Miami was classified as an Alpha-World City in the World Cities Study Group's inventory. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked thirty-third among global cities.

Ten Current Facts

  • Because Miami Beach is largely man-made, its beaches frequently have to be replenished with new sand
  • Miami Beach is home to the world's largest collection of Art Deco architecture
  • Miami is the fourth-best hotel market in the country
  • The Port of Miami is known as the Cruise Capital of the World
  • Miami has more than 800 parks in total
  • Miami's waters boast 50 different underwater wreck sites for SCUBA divers to explore
  • Miami's downtown has the largest concentration of international banks in the country
  • Miami is the U.S.' warmest location during winter
  • An average of 22,000 New Yorkers move to Miami each year
  • Miami International Airport handles the most cargo and the second-highest number of international passengers in the U.S.

Ten Historical Facts

  • In 1566 admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor, claimed the area for Spain
  • Miami was Founded on July 28, 1896
  • It gets its name from one of the native tribes that lived in the region in the 1600 and 1700s, the Mayaimi
  • Miami is the only major U.S. city to be founded by a woman
  • It has snowed exactly once in Miami's official meteorological history
  • The population of Miami grew from 28,000 in 1940 to 46,300 in 1950 and further increased to 63,200 by 1960
  • The Miami Dolphins had their first undefeated football season and went on to win Super Bowl VII in 1973
  • World War II stabilized the economy in Miami due to the hundreds of thousands of servicemen training in South Florida
  • Little Havana was established with over 500,000 Cuban-Americans
  • The Great Freeze of 1894–95 hastened Miami's growth, as the crops of the Miami area were the only ones in Florida that survived

Ten Points of Interest

  • Freedom Tower
  • Perez Art Museum
  • Vizcaya Gardens
  • Frost Science Museum
  • Wynwood Art Walk
  • Bayfront Park
  • Miami Beach
  • Art Deco District
  • Deering Estate
  • Everglades